Urban Bioethics MA and Sociology PhD Dual Degree Program

Dustin Kidd, Director of Graduate Studies, Sociology: dkidd@temple.edu
Nora Jones, Director of Education, Urban Bioethics: nora.jones@temple.edu

 

The Dual MA Sociology/MA Urban Bioethics program serves as a supplement to the stand-alone degrees by:

  1. Providing additional in-depth experience in applying sociological and ethical critical thinking to contemporary problems and issues at the intersections of medicine and society.
  2. Optimally positioning students to serve the field as bioethicists in a variety of academic, community, hospital, and other settings.
  3. Providing groundwork in bioethical research theories and methods for Sociology PhD students who wish to write dissertations in the area of bioethics and/or who wish to participate in bioethics research.

 

CRITERIA FOR ADMISSION TO EACH OF THE ACADEMIC PROGRAMS

 

  1. Criteria for admission to the PhD in Sociology Degree
    1. GPA ordinarily a 3.0 or higher
    2. Completion of GREs with scores typically above 300
    3. Three letters of Reference
    4. Statement of Goals
    5. TOEFL score of at least 79 IBT or 550 PBT for international students
    6. Writing Sample

 

  1. Criteria for admission to the MA in Urban Bioethics
    1. GPA ordinarily a 3.0 or higher
    2. Two letters of Reference
    3. Statement of Goals
    4. TOEFL 79 IBT or 550 PBT for international students

 

  1. Please note: Students enrolled in the Dual PhD/MAUB program are ineligible to earn a Master of Arts in Sociology.

 

Students apply separately to the PhD in Sociology degree and the Master of Arts in Urban Bioethics degree. Students interested in the Dual PhD/MAUB program must notify the program director for each program. Admissions decisions to the Dual PhD/MAUB program are made after review of applications by a Joint Admissions Committee.

 

REQUIREMENTS FOR COMPLETION OF THE PhD IN SOCIOLOGY AND MASTER OF ARTS IN URBAN BIOETHICS

 

  1. Requirements for the PhD in Sociology Degree: Students must complete 52 credits (at least 46 credits in coursework) for the PhD distributed among:
    1. Two Social Theory Courses, Spring Semesters
      1. SOC 8111: Classical Social Theory (3 credits)
      2. SOC 9111: Contemporary Sociological Theory (3 credits)
    2. SOC 8011: Logic of Inquiry, Fall (3 credits)
    3. Two Quantitative Methods courses
      1. SOC 8211: Inferential and Multivariate Statistics, Fall, odd years (4 credits)
      2. SOC 9211: Data Analysis, Spring, even years (3 credits)
    4. Two Qualitative Methods courses
      1. SOC 8221: Qualitative Methods, Fall, even years (3 credits)
      2. SOC 9241: Qualitative Data Analysis, Spring, odd years (3 credits)
    5. Prelims/Dissertation Proposal/Dissertation: 6 credits total in 9994 (3 credits), 9998 and 9999 (2 credits).
    6. Didactic elective courses: 24 credits (up to 12 of these will be double-counted MAUB credits).

 

  1. Requirements for the Master Arts in Urban Bioethics Degree: Students must complete 32 credits for the MAUB, of which 17 are CBUHP courses and 15 are applicable electives (via Sociology graduate credits):
    1. UBTH 5101/5102 – Urban Bioethics, Fall and Spring Seminars (6 credits)
    2. UBTH 5122/5123 – Community Engagement, Fall and Spring (4 credits)
    3. UBTH 5131 – The Values, Ethics, and Economics of Health Care Delivery in Urban Communities, Summer, online (2 credits)
    4. UBTH 5141 – Critical Social Science, Fall, online (2 credits)
    5. UBTH 5182 – Independent Study (3 credits). It is expected that students will use this to prepare a paper at the intersections of bioethics and sociology. UBTH 5182 takes the place of UBTH 9996 (thesis typically required of MAUB students)
    6. Didactic elective courses: 15 credits (these will be double counted Sociology PhD credits)
  1. For funded students, all tuition except for the 2 credit online summer course, UBTH 5131: The Values, Ethics, and Economics of Health Care Delivery in Urban Communities, will be covered by their Fellowship or TAship. The DUAL PhD/MAUB program will waive the course fees for the years a student is awarded a full fellowship or TAship.
  2. Double counting results in the dual degree PhD/MAUB requiring a total of 57 credits (in contrast to the PhD requiring 52 and the MAUB requiring 32 when taken separately).

 

 

 

PhD IN SOCIOLOGY

(52 Credits)

MA IN URBAN BIOETHICS

(32 Credits)

DUAL PhD/MAUB PROGRAM

(57 Credits)

40 CREDITS FROM SOCIOLOGY 15 CREDITS FROM SOCIOLOGY 40 CREDITS FROM SOCIOLOGY
SOC 8111: Classical Social Theory (3) SOC 8111: Classical Social Theory (3)
SOC 9111: Contemporary Sociological Theory (3) SOC 9111: Contemporary Sociological Theory (3) SOC 9111: Contemporary Sociological Theory (3)
SOC 8011: Logic of Inquiry (3) SOC 8011: Logic of Inquiry (3) SOC 8011: Logic of Inquiry (3)
SOC 8211: Inferential and Multivariate Statistics (4) SOC 8211: Inferential and Multivariate Statistics (4)
SOC 9211: Data Analysis (3) SOC 9211: Data Analysis (3) SOC 9211: Data Analysis (3)
SOC 8221: Qualitative Methods (3) SOC 8221: Qualitative Methods (3)
SOC 9241: Qualitative Data Analysis (3) SOC 9241: Qualitative Data Analysis (3) SOC 9241: Qualitative Data Analysis (3)
SOC XXX: Soc Didactic Elective (3) SOC XXX: Soc Didactic Elective (3) SOC XXX: Soc Didactic Elective (3)
SOC XXX: Soc Didactic Elective (3) SOC XXX: Soc Didactic Elective (3)
SOC XXX: Soc Didactic Elective (3) SOC XXX: Soc Didactic Elective (3)
SOC XXX: Soc Didactic Elective (3) SOC XXX: Soc Didactic Elective (3)
SOC 9994, 9998, 9999: non-didactic

credits (6 total, 3 in 9994, 2 in 9999)

SOC 9994, 9998, 9999: non-didactic

credits (6 total, 3 in 9994, 2 in 9999)

 

12 CREDITS FROM UBTH

 

17 CREDITS FROM UBTH

 

17 CREDITS FROM UBTH

UBTH 5101: Urban Bioethics 1 (3) UBTH 5101: Urban Bioethics 1 (3) UBTH 5101: Urban Bioethics 1 (3)
UBTH 5102: Urban Bioethics 2 (3) UBTH 5102: Urban Bioethics 2 (3) UBTH 5102: Urban Bioethics 2 (3)
UBTH 5122: Community Engagement (2) UBTH 5122: Community Engagement (2) UBTH 5122: Community Engagement (2)
UBTH 5123: Community Engagement (2) UBTH 5123: Community Engagement (2) UBTH 5123: Community Engagement (2)
UBTH 5131: Values Economics Health Care (2) UBTH 5131: Values Economics Health Care (2)
UBTH 5141: Crit Soc Sci & Urban Bioethics (online) (2) UBTH 5141: Crit Soc Sci & Urban Bioethics (2) UBTH 5141: Crit Soc Sci & Urban Bioethics (2)
UBTH 5182: Independent Study (3) UBTH 5182: Independent Study (3)

 

  1. An example semester-by-semester course progression is as follows:

 

Year Fall Semesters Spring Semesters Summer Semesters
1 UBTH 5101: Urban Bioethics 1 (3)

SOC 8011: Logic of Inquiry (3)

SOC Qual/Quant Methods (3 / 4)

UBTH 5102: Urban Bioethics 2 (3)

SOC 8111/9111 (3)

SOC Quant/Qual Analysis (3)

UBTH 5131: The Values, Ethics, and Economics of Health Care Delivery in Urban Communities (online) (2)
2 UBTH 5122: Community Engagement 1 (2)

UBTH 5141: Crit Soc Sci & Urban Bioethics (online) (2)*

SOC Qual/Quant Methods (3 / 4)

SOC Elective (3)

UBTH 5123: Community Engagement 2 (2)

SOC 8111/9111 (3)

SOC Quant/Qual Analysis (3)

SOC Elective (3)

3 UBTH 5182: Indep Study 1 (3)

SOC Elective (3)

SOC Elective (3)

SOC 9994: Proposal Seminar (3)

Preliminary Exam

4+ SOC 9998: Pre-Dissertation Research (1) SOC 9999: Dissertation Research (2)

*UBTH 5141 can be taken in either Fall semester, as needed for credit load (if full-time status is needed for financial support).

 

 

TUITION AND FINANCIAL CONSIDERATIONS

 

The courses in Urban Bioethics have additional “Program Fee” of $901/credit, which will be remitted by the Center for Bioethics, Urban, and Health Policy for PhD students in Sociology for semesters when the students receive full funding from fellowships or from TAships. The 2-credit UBTH 5131 summer course is the only course that students will need to pay the additional course fee.